Shortly after Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque talked about discussing the importance of free press with Mocha Uson, it was reported that she has asked for Rappler's transfer under her jurisdiction.
In a letter addressed to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, the Assistant Secretary requested the news website to "be reclassified and moved from Malacanang Press Corp (sic) to Social Media."
Her basis? The online publication "has no counterpart print or broadcast arm (and) is technically considered social media. This should fall under the rules on accreditation by my office."
Rappler, for its part, presented three arguments against Mocha's motion, one of which is "The Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, government does not have the power to regulate independent media."
The internet-based media has been a frequent target of the former sex guru's Facebook page for being critical of the current administration, just like any other mainstream news outlet—all the more reason netizens weren't buying her latest proposal:
Quick, someone tell her
Miriam is turning over her grave
Sums up this development
There are better things to do
You are not alone
What's on everyone's mind
This post by a journalist from another media company perfectly encapsulates the ridiculousness of Mocha's idea